Namaste and warm greetings from Nepal.
The 2010 Spring Mountaineering season from Nepal side has
been very successful. My son, Dawa Steven Sherpa, Leader of Eco Everest
Expedition 2010 and his team members returned to Kathmandu at the end of May
safely and in good health.
Total Number of Climbers on Mt. Everest
This Spring 2010 season we saw a slightly lower number of
expeditions attempting Mt. Everest. On the Nepal side 157 foreign climbers and
190 High Altitude Sherpa climbed Mt. Everest. Though CTMA has not been able
to provide us exact numbers, during this same season I predict the total
number of climbers on the Tibet side to be around 165.
The latest information from the office of Ms. Elizabeth
Hawley, chronicler of all Expeditions in Nepal, gives some very interesting
facts. Between 1953 and 2009, the total number of ascents was 4557 by 3163
individuals (some having summited more than once).
Adding this year’s spring total of 513 ascents, of which 268
are new summiteers and the rest are repeat summiteers. In summary, the total
number of ascent until today is 5070. Whereas, the actual number of persons
having summited Mt. Everest is 3431 till date.
Eco Everest Expedition 2010
In 2008, Eco Everest Expedition team brought down 965 kilos
of garbage, including 75 kilos of human waste from above base camp. Similarly
in 2009 Eco Everest Expedition brought down 6000 kilos of garbage under the
“Cash for Trash” program which excluded 115 kilos of human waste produced
during the expedition. The same year wreckage of an Italian Army helicopter
was also recovered from the edge of the Khumbu Icefall (5486m). The helicopter
had crashed between Camp I and Camp II (approx. 6200m) on Mt. Everest during
the Italian Everest Expedition in 1973. The Eco Everest Expedition team
brought down 700 kilos of wreckage of the helicopter. Since 2008 until today
Eco Everest Expedition brought down more than 12,000 kilos of old garbage and
more than 300 kilos of human waste produced by Eco Everest Expedition from Mt.
Everest for proper disposal. The main sponsor of the garbage collection for
2008 and 2009 was Asian Trekking and for 2010 were Asian Trekking, Reinhold
Messner, The North Face and The Alpine Convention.
3rd International Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) Day Celebration:
At the same function Honorable Minister for Tourism and
Civil Aviation Mr. Sarat Singh Bhandari presented the Tenzing-Hillary Award to
Ms. Junko Tabei (the first woman to summit Mt. Everest) for her support in
developing mountain tourism. Similarly the national and international
summiteers of Mt. Everest in 2010 were honored with medals regarding them as
Goodwill Ambassador for Nepal Tourism Year 2011.
Apa Sherpa honoured with the title of SAARC Goodwill
The 16th SAARC
summit recently held in Thimpu, Bhutan has endorsed Nepals’ proposal to
appoint Apa Sherpa as SAARC Goodwill Ambassador for Climate Change for two
consecutive years. On a program organized on 31st May 2010 he was handed over
the certificate of SAARC Goodwill Ambassador by the Deputy Prime Minister of
Nepal, Sujata Koirala.
Visa for Nepal to Mt. Everest Summiteers:
On the eventful
day of Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest), Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation Mr.
Sarat Singh Bhandari declared to provide free visas for Nepal to Mt. Everest
Summiteers. He also said that the Mt. Everest Day will be celebrated in all of
the Nepalese Embassies abroad from 2011.
Golden Jubilee Celebration:
The event was organized by Government of Nepal, Nepal
Mountain Association (NMA), Nepal Toursm Board, Civic Society of Kaski ,
Myagdi,Baglung and Parbat District. The Honorable Minister for Tourism and
Civil Aviation, Mr. Sarat Singh Bhandari was Chief Guest. The Guest of Honour
was the renowned Austrian mountaineer Kurt Diemberger, the first summiteer of
Mt. Dhaulagiri and the only remaining person alive to make first ascents on
two 8,000 meter peaks.
Also present at the event were representatives from various
organizations and many veteran mountaineers like renowned Climber Ang Rita
Sherpa, Serap Jangbu Sherpa, Kuniko Yagihara- climbing leader of two
successful Dhaulagiri Expedition on 1978 and 1982, and leader of Yeti Research
Expedition around Dhaulagiri.
Groups and individuals from Pokhara as well as from outside
Pokhara performed presented cultural performances. During the programme, the
Government of Nepal and the Civic Society felicitated Kurt Diemberger and
other mountaineers who were present. At the function, Kurt Diemberger shared
his climbing experiences and his visits to Nepal.
Similarly, Golden Jubilee of the first ascent of Mt.
Dhaulagiri was celebrated with much enthusiasm at Beni (Myagdi District),
Baglung (Baglung District), and Kushma (Parbat District) on the 14th of May
2010. The events at Pokhara, Beni, Baglung, Kushma were a tremendous success
in showing the concern towards the mountains and promotion of mountain tourism
50% Reduction on Mt. Dhaulagiri Royalty Fee:
On the occasion of Mt. Dhaulagiri Golden Jubilee, the
Government of Nepal has decided to reduce the royalty of Mt. Dhaulagiri by 50%
as well as to provide free entry visa to Nepal for Mt. Everest and Mt.
Dhaulagiri summiteers for 2010 and 2011.
Beat the GLOF Action Run and Save the Khumbu Festival 2010:
On 4 June 2010, Beat the GLOF Action Run and Save the
Himalayas-Khumbu Festival was organized for the second consecutive year in
Khumjung Village in the Khumbu region. The one day event started off at 7 am
with Beat the GLOF Action Run.
112 runners, out of which 79 were males and 33 were females,
participated in the Action Run. The run route started from Khumjung (3790m)
and passed through Kyangjuma (3550) –Namche (3440m)-Phurte (3390m) -Thamo
(3842m) - back to Phurte (3820m) – Syangboche (3720m) – Khunde (3840m) and
ended back in Khumjung (3790).
The first male runner Karma Sarki Sherpa completed the run
route (16 kilometers) in 1 hr 59 minutes and 10 seconds whereas the first
female runner Ang Phuti Sherpa completed this distance in 2 hrs 34 minutes and
45 seconds. Ten first male and female runners were awarded cash prizes at the
Locals from Khumjung, Khunde, Phortse, Pangboche, Thame and
Namche had participated in the festival which showcased traditional Sherpa
culture. The various villages partook in the Sherpa dance exhibition.
Students from Khumjung School presented a Drama highlighting the issues of
climate change. The drama was titled “Message from the Doctor.” Youth groups
performed songs and dances and entertained the audience. National and
international dignitaries, media and press trekked up to participate and cover
The event was organized by iDEAS in collaboration with
Sherwi Yondhen Tshokpa (Sherpa Students Network). The event was sponsored by
The North Face, Asian Trekking and Nepal Mountaineering Association. Agni Air
and Tara Air provided complimentary air tickets to the participants and media
personnel flying from Kathmandu. Himalayan Eco Resorts, Paradise Lodge and
Hotel Camp de base provided complimentary lodging and meals to the dignitaries
and members of the media and press. The event was supported by Sagarmatha
National Park Buffer Zone Management Committee, Department of National Parks
and Wildlife Conservation, Nepal Tourism Board, Nepal Tourism Year 2011, WWF
Nepal and Khunde Hospital.
This Event which will take place annually in the month of
June aims to draw the attention towards the risks of potential GLOFs in the
area. I welcome all our friends to come and support us by participating in
Tibet Expedition Spring 2010 Summary:
The 2010 Spring Mountaineering season has been very eventful
as well as filled with tragedy and sorrow.
I am saddened to report that there were four fatalities [3
who were on 'expeditions'] on North side of Mt. Everest this season. Among
them was our Hungarian friend Laszlo Varkony climbing with Hungarian Everest
Please join me in praying for eternal peace for the
departed and for strength to the bereaved families.
New Regulation on Tibet Expedition from Autumn 2010:
“In order to promote the organization of expedition, improve
team quality and avoid waster of resources, China Tibet Mountaineering
Association has implemented some additional provisions for future permit
applications, size and reception.
Now the expedition must apply the climbing permits in one
month before. If the climbers required applying visas in their own country,
they must mention in one month before. As per this new regulation the size of
the team for three major peaks (Mt. Qomolangma, Cho-oyu and Shishapangma) must
be above 5 pax (can contain Nepalese staff) and the ratio for clients with
Nepalese staff should be 6:4. The age bar for the climbers has been limited
between 18 – 60 years and if the climbers’ age is not within this provision,
must provide proof of special health-related applications.”
Lastly, it is my pleasure to keep you all up to date as to
our activities here in the Himalaya. If you have any questions please let me
know. I thank you for your support in the past and look forward to our
cooperation in the future.
Ang Tshering Sherpa
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